In Gaddaffi's own words:
“When Tiananmen Square happened, tanks were sent in to deal with them. It’s not a joke. Do whatever it takes to stay united… People in front of tanks were crushed. The unity of China is more important than those people in Tiananmen Square.”
Strangely the Chinese government does not seem to be pleased by Gaddaffi's explicit copying of their own 1989 play-book, and has joined the rest of the UN Security Council in issuing a statement condemning the use of force against protesters:
"The members of the Security Council expressed grave concern at the situation in Libya. They condemned the violence and use of force against civilians, deplored the repression against peaceful demonstrators, and expressed deep regret at the deaths of hundreds of civilians. They called for an immediate end to the violence and for steps to address the legitimate demands of the population, including through national dialogue."
Whatever happened to imitation being the sincerest form of flattery?